Open concept interior defined by posts and beamsAn overview of what a timber frame home is like

One of the best aspects of a post and beam structure is the design flexibility it offers....

The frame, rather than interior walls, supports the entire weight of the structure, allowing an open concept home.

The timberframe ceiling defines this cheery roomThe posts and beams themselves can be used to define individual areas within the structure.


Almost any home design can be adapted to a timber frame - we can modify your existing plans or prepare a completely new design just for you.

All our plans meet or exceed national building codes and standards.

Timber frame structures can be finished to styles ranging from historic to traditional to contemporary.

Timberframes offer great design flexibilityYour structure can be partial timber frame (blended with a standard construction frame - see our page on timber frame components) or full timber frame.

Timber frames can be finished in wood, Gyproc, stress-skin panels, even brick or stone - the options are endless!

For details about our Hanover design, a small frame with a variety of uses, see our Hanover page.

A timberframe after raising

A timberframe cottage in Prince Edward Island - PEI

St. Margaret's Church, under construction

Arlington Frame Company can design and build a frame for any residential, historical, commercial or other project, including full and partial timber frames for:

  • One level houses
  • Two storey houses
  • Multi-level structures
  • Barns and garages
  • Out-buildings
  • Cottages
  • Churches
  • Studios (for art, pottery, etc.)
  • Garden sheds
  • Tourist information centres
  • Craft stores
  • Inns, restaurants and retail spaces
  • Commercial and industrial spaces
  • Farm markets

We can also create timber frame components which can be incorporated into new or renovated buildings built with other construction techniques. See our page on Timber frame components for diagrams explaining:

  • Add-ons like sunrooms and "great rooms"
  • Timber frame additions incorporated into new construction
  • Timber roof systems
  • Complete timber floor systems
  • Timber supports for standard floor joists
  • Timber used as a substitute to steel "I-Beams" or glue-laminated beams
  • Timber trusses

Cozy Spaces

We'd just like to mention the cozy spaces that are created in timber frame homes - places that make you want to curl up and just enjoy being there.

In the West Dublin house, a "dust pan dormer" was used to create an interesting third floor attic with an ocean view.


It makes a perfect spot to curl up in with a book or a congenial person for conversation. Or a fabulous home office!

How about this congenial corner in the Young home? Cozy, we think.

More cozy spaces to come....